Kurtis Townsend Named USC Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

July 11, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Kurtis Townsend, previously an assistant coach at Michigan, California and Eastern Kentucky, has been named an assistant with the USC men's basketball program, Trojan head coach Henry Bibby announced today.

Townsend, 42, spent the past 3 seasons (1999-2001) as an assistant at Michigan. The Wolverines participated in the 2000 NIT.

He was at Eastern Kentucky in 1998 following 4 seasons (1994-97) at California. The Golden Bears played in 3 NCAA Tournaments (1994-96-97), including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 1997.

Townsend began his coaching career on the high school level in San Jose, Calif. He served as an assistant at Leland High (1985-87) and Del Mar High (1988-89) before becoming the head coach at Leigh High for 2 seasons (1990-91) and at Willow Glen High for 2 seasons (1992-93). As a prep head coach, his teams won league championships all 4 years. He led Leigh to a section title and Willow Glen advanced to the semifinals of the state section tourney both seasons.

For 3 summers during his time in San Jose, he also served as the head coach of the Bay Pride pro-am team, made up of college and pro standouts, including Brian Shaw and Gary Payton.

Townsend was a point guard at Western Kentucky for 2 seasons (1979-80). The 1980 Hilltoppers won the Ohio Valley Conference title and played in the NCAA tourney. He received his bachelor's degree from WKU in 1982.

He then played the 1981 season in the CBA for the Montana Golden Nuggets.

Townsend was an All-Conference point guard at Camden High in San Jose, then earned 1978 All-American honorable mention and All-State first team honors at Menlo Junior College in Menlo Park, Calif.

He and his wife, Linda, have 3 children: Tanika, 17, Marques, 15, and Keisha, 13.

His older brother, Raymond, lettered in basketball for 4 seasons (1975-78) at UCLA, playing guard on the Bruins' 1975 NCAA championship squad and earning All-Conference honors in 1978, before spending 3 years in the NBA.

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